The Urge To Militarily Preempt Obama’s Arming of Ukraine

Russian State Duma Could Authorize the Use of Russian Troops in Ukraine

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The State Duma of Russian Federation could adopt a law that would allow President Vladimir Putin to use Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine.

This opinion was voiced by PM from the faction “Just Russia” Mikhail Emelyanov. The politician is convinced that this is a way to protect Russia.

“RF cannot calmly watch as the US arms Ukraine with the most modern lethal weapons. In this regard, we should not appear weak. The situation is very alarming. Judging by US intentions, they want to turn Ukraine into a fighting platform against Russia, because the economic situation in Ukraine will not improve. Of course, arming such a country is potentially dangerous for Russia”,- said the politician on Russian TV in response to the US resolution “On the recognition of Ukraine as an ally outside of NATO.”

He also added that the use of Russian troops on the territory of another country can only be authorized by the Council of Federation.

Recall, in the spring of this year, the Council of Federation already adopted a decision to authorize the President of Russian Federation to use Russian troops in Ukraine, but in the summer it reversed its decision.

On December 11, the US Senate passed the “The Act in Support of Freedom of Ukraine”, according to which Ukraine will receive assistance in the military, energy and civil sectors.

This act tells President Barack Obama to provide the following assistance:

– To provide assistance to Ukraine for: (1) military, defense, energy and civil sectors; (2) internally displaced persons.

– To direct the Secretary of State to work with Ukrainian officials to help Ukraine reduce its dependence on natural gas imports from the Russian Federation.

– To direct the Head of the Board of Broadcasting to submit to Congress a plan for the expansion of broadcasting in the Russian language in the countries of the former Soviet Union in order to counter the ‘propaganda’ of the Russian Federation.

– To focus the plan on priority broadcasting in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova of “The Voice of America” (VOA) and “Radio Free Europe” / “Radio Liberty”.

Brazen policy of Washington confirms every day that the government of Poroshenko is their vassal, ready for the most drastic measures against its own people and Russia.

Russia has no more time to negotiate with the aggressor, the time for the adequate response has arrived. Ukraine must be forced to peace. Talks will not work, this is not why Poroshenko was installed there, blindly and devotedly following all orders from the United States.

Translated by Krisitna Rus for FortRuss.blogspot.com

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At 4:52 a.m. EST, Congress Laid the Russian War Resolution On Obama’s Desk

Senate Sends Obama Legislation Authorizing Weapons for Ukraine

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at an earlier meeting. (AP Photo, File)

 

(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart on Sunday, hours after the U.S. Senate sent President Obama legislation authorizing him to supply anti-tank and other weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces to use against Russian-backed separatists in the east.

After meeting with Kerry in Rome, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on his ministry’s Facebook page that he had told Kerry relations must be pursued on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and that attempts to exert pressure on Russia were hopeless.

The administration has resisted calls through the year to provide lethal assistance to the Ukrainians, but on Saturday night the Senate gave final approval by unanimous consent to legislation that authorizes him to do so, specifically listing anti-tank and anti-armor weapons, surveillance drones and other items.

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act also provides for sanctions beyond those imposed thus far by the U.S. or European allies.

The bill, which received initial Senate and House approval last week, now heads to the president’s desk.

Obama on Thursday voiced opposition to any toughening of sanctions that could strain unity between the U.S. and European Union.

“Where Putin will succeed is if it creates a rift in the transatlantic relationship,” he said during an Export Council meeting at the White House. “If you start seeing Europe divided from the United States that would be a strategic victory.  And I’m intent on preventing that.”

The legislation includes provisions targeting a major Russian entity, the Rosoboronexport arms exporter.

Also in the crosshairs is the Gazprom gas giant, which the measure says must be sanctioned if the president determines it is withholding significant amounts of gas from members of NATO or from Ukraine, Georgia or Moldova – all former Soviet states which Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to dissuade from aligning with the West..

Russia, which has the world’s biggest reserves of natural gas, has periodically used its energy resources for political leverage, with Gazprom limiting or cutting supply to Europe by pipeline through Ukraine, generally around winter.

Shortly before the Kerry-Lavrov meeting, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov accused the U.S. of trying to “impose its will” on Russia and the entire world, and warned that the Russian response would be “radical.”

He told the Itar-TASS news agency the new legislation caused “deep concern,” adding that “those who are behind it have not had any comprehension of what is going on in the world.”

Erdogan Shuts-Down Zaman News As “Terrorist Network,” Agents of Fethullah Gulen

24 detained as Turkish police raid opposition media organizations

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Zaman editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanli, surrounded by his colleagues and plainclothes police officers (C), reacts as he leaves the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014.(Reuters / Yagiz Karahan)

Zaman editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanli, surrounded by his colleagues and plainclothes police officers (C), reacts as he leaves the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014.(Reuters / Yagiz Karahan)

Turkish police have raided opposition media organizations and detained 24 people – including journalists, executives, and ex-police chiefs – as President Erdogan continues his campaign to muzzle political opponents.

Police raided the offices of Zaman – a popular daily which is critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime – and Samanyolu television, an international TV channel, on Sunday morning in an operation against what Erdogan says is a terrorist network conspiring to topple him. The move comes as part of the president’s ongoing battle with his long-standing rival, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Journalists, television producers, scriptwriters, and former police chiefs were among those detained in the cross-country raid, which was an effort to root out anti-government conspirators. Arrest warrants were issued for 31 people on charges of “establishing a terrorist group,” forgery, and slander, according to a statement made by Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Hadi Salihoglu.

The raids have faced international backlash. The EU has come out against them in a harshly worded statement, bringing Turkey’s EU aspirations into question.

The police raids and arrests of a number of journalists and media representatives in Turkey today are incompatible with the freedom of media, which is a core principle of democracy,” EU officials said.

Meanwhile, Washington chastised Turkey for not sticking to the democratic values “enshrined in the Turkish constitution.”

“Media freedom, due process, and judicial independence are key elements in every healthy democracy. As Turkey’s friend and ally, we urge the Turkish authorities to ensure their actions do not violate these core values and Turkey’s own democratic foundations,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

On Friday, Erdogan vowed to hunt down Gulen’s “evil forces” with renewed vigor.

“We have gone into their lairs and we will go into them again. Whoever is beside them and behind them, we will bring down this network and bring it to account,” Erdogan told a business forum in Ankara.

Gulen, a moderate Muslim cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, denies accusations of plotting against the state. The spiritual leader of the Hizmet movement was once one of Erdogan’s top backers, prior to an attempt by Erdogan to shut down the cleric’s schools.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.(AFP Photo / Adem Altan)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.(AFP Photo / Adem Altan)

Relations between Erdogan and Gulen further deteriorated following an anti-graft probe launched against Erdogan and his inner circle last year, in what was one of the biggest scandals to rock the nation.

Erdogan suspects the cleric and his supporters are behind the probe. Four cabinet ministers were forced to resign as a result. Erdogan responded by declaring an all-out war on what he called a “parallel state,” firing police officers and prosecutors by the thousands and cracking down on opposition media.

Many of those arrested see the move as a blow to Turkey’s embattled free press. Turkey ranks 154th – just after Iraq – out of 180 countries on the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

Before being detained, the head of Samanyolu TV, Hidayet Karaca, decried the raids as “a shameful sight for Turkey.”

“Sadly in 21st century Turkey this is the treatment a media group with tens of television and radio stations, internet media and magazines receives,” he said.

The leader of the main opposition party CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, called Edrogan’s administration a “coup government” intent on crushing all dissent.

“A coup is being carried out against democracy,” he lamented.

Zaman media group employees hold banners outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014.( Reuters / Murad Sezer)

Zaman media group employees hold banners outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014.( Reuters / Murad Sezer)